DCL transfer bus from MCO or rental?

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  1. mom2boyz

    mom2boyz Earning My Ears

    Feb 2, 2004
    We're still torn between taking the DCL transfer bus from Orlando airport or renting a car. Has anyone taken the transfer bus from MCO and made it in enough time to make Palo and spa reservations?

    We will be staying the night before so hopefully will be getting on the first transfer bus out of the airport.

    Any info on the bus situation would be appreciated, I'm afraid to miss any of the Disney experience.


  2. tevagirl

    tevagirl <font color=teal>Saving little old ladies from gun

    Mar 21, 2003
    We went on our first cruise last October and we took the DCL transfer bus. We had no problem at all and got there in plenty of time to make our reservations. I wouldn't hesitate to use it again.
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  4. tvguy

    tvguy Question anything the facts don't support.

    Dec 15, 2003
    I suspect the time you pickup by driving a car yourself will be lost turning the car in. But the buses leave early and often enough that if you get to the airport early, you will be at the Port long before they allow people on the ship.
    We had no interest in Palo or other reservations so I can't help you there. We wanted to get there in time to walk right on the ship, get right into our cabin, dump off our carry-ons, and walk up to lunch, which is what we did.
    We left the Sheraton by shuttle at 10:30 am, were on the bus by 11 am, on the way to the port by 11:15, at the port by noon, on the ship by 12:30, and eating lunch by 1 pm.
  5. DVC California

    DVC California Good Old DVC

    Dec 22, 1999
    The DCL buses from MCO begin running at 9:30 AM. They seem to leave every 20 minutes or so, with the drive to Port Canaveral taking about 45 minutes. If you caught the first bus, this would get you into the cruise terminal around 10:30 0 plenty of time to check-in, board and make those reservations.

    Although it is a little pricey, the DCL transfers make the trip fun and stress free.

  6. pooh luver

    pooh luver Mouseketeer

    Feb 18, 2004
    We did the DCL buses and were able to make reservations at both Palo's and the spa.
  7. inluvwithpluto

    inluvwithpluto Earning My Ears

    Feb 14, 2004
    I did not book my cruise through disney, can I still use the dcl transport from the airport?
  8. John Boy23

    John Boy23 Earning My Ears

    Apr 2, 2004
    We booked through an outside company and booked air ourselves also and we purchased the transfers for $49/person..
  9. ***tink386

    ***tink386 Love All Things Disney!!

    Sep 20, 2003
    Does anyone know how much the transfers are from the WDW resort? Is it the same price for adults and children?:confused:
  10. kremal

    kremal Earning My Ears

    Feb 21, 2004
    There are 6 people in our party. For our 4-night cruise, instead of using Disney transfers at $49.00 per person, I am renting a mini-van from Budget at Orlando International for $189.00, fees and taxes included and driving to the port. Parking at the port is $10.00 per day. Total- $230.00. Total for Disney Transfers $300.00
  11. howardlee2

    howardlee2 Mouseketeer

    Feb 27, 2002
    we were on the 3/20 magic, decided to rent 2 cars for 8 total people and spent a total of $160 including all taxes, tolls and a few bucks of gas. this came out to $20 per person instead of whatever disney charges.we rented from enterprise and got 2 full size cars! see the "just back from the 3/20 magic" thread to see how we got screwed in line by disney!

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